Uganda Landmine survivors Association (ULSA) was established in 2005 as the National umbrella organization for Landmine Survivors in Uganda. It works in collaboration with the Uganda Mine Action centre and Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development
The vision of Uganda Landmine Survivors Association is to empower landmine survivors to attain better living conditions and the ability to advocate for themselves at all levels.
This vision of ULSA is embedded in:
• Offering support to establish and strengthen the capacity of landmine survivor groups in the country.
• Participating in lobbying and advocating at International, Regional and National meetings related to the Mine Ban Treaty, Cluster Munitions and Disability related issues.
• Establishing support mechanism that fosters socio-economic inclusion of landmine survivors in development plans.
Since the last five years ULSA has been involved in advocacy related activities in line with the Mine Ban Treaty and Cluster Munitions Coalition. In its advocacy efforts ULSA works in coordination with Uganda Mine Action center, Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development, Office of the Prime Minister, Survivor Groups and Disabled Persons Organization.
• Capacity building: Strengthening the capacity of landmine survivor groups by providing leadership training for survivors and other Persons with Disabilities (PWDs)
• Advocacy and Public Information; Advocating, mobilizing and lobbying for adequate mine action programmes and victim assistance
• Psycho social support: Establishing support mechanisms that foster socio-economic reintegration and providing peer to peer support by initiating exchange visits and recreational activities
• Economic reintegration: This is done through business skills training and provision of startup capital to the survivors and their families to begin income generating activities to improve their livelihoods
• Coordination and Networking: Linking Landmine survivors with the Disabled Persons Organization and taking a very active role in National, Regional and International meetings on the Mine Ban Treaty and Cluster Munitions Convention